150 years ago, people went to the park to listen to the band playing in the band shell or gazebo.
Early 1900's nightclubs were the rage - people went out to listen to the band and the singers. Music in the park died out.
Radio came along - and families huddled down to listen to the big bands - or Orson Welles scaring the country half to death.
TV came along - and families moved from Radio to TV and watched one of the 3 choices during family viewing hour. And Radio's heyday slowly ended.
Cable came along to offer way more channels - and broadcast TV slowly fell into irrelevance. But it was still "watch our show at 8PM on Tuesday".
Digital arrived. Streaming is growing. We're no longer "tied down" or forced to watch only when the controllers want us to sit down and watch. We can choose what to watch, when, where, and on what device. We're not tied to the radio in the corner, the tv in the living room, and most importantly - not tied to anybodies clock but our own.
The world has changed again. Get with the NEW program. (pun intended)
No amount of kicking, screaming, stomping feet, suing customers, or passing stupid laws will stop this change. It will delay the inevitable - but not for long.
I was Born and Raised here to US Citizens. My father fought in WWII, Korea, and China.
I still travel with a burner phone and laptop. I will NOT risk my real phone or computer at any border. All my files are on MY server running in MY home. Nothing in the cloud. I carry a secure USB stick with the Bill of Rights and Constitution as the only files on it. Just to piss 'em off when they ask for it to be unlocked.
And here I thought American Servicemen fought against "Papers Please" countries. Now we are one.
It would be more like a 10-mile long bridge, built by one shipping company - the bridge is perfectly level, smooth, and 6-lanes wide, arranged in 3 pairs for travel in each direction. The first 2 lanes are restricted to the company that built the bridge and their vehicles are allowed to do 100 MPH across the bridge.
All other shipping companies must use the next 2 lanes. However, there is a $10 toll to enter the bridge where the driver must turn his truck off, place it in neutral, get out, and push it the 10 miles across the bridge. At the other end is another $10 toll.
All other traffic must use the final 2 lanes, which are restricted to 1 MPH.
When your business model is based 100% on a captive audience, and that audience escapes your captivity, there is damn little that will keep supporting that business model. Eventually, they will figure that out. Until then, we will just be entertained by a bunch of silly laws and enjoy watching the unintended consequences - until enough real damage is done to cause the revolution to begin.
In my mis-spent youth, I used to hop on my bicycle and ride down to Allied to pick up a Sams Photofact on the family TV; then pop the back off, plug in the cheater cord, and start looking for blue tubes (orange good, blue bad). Power down, pop 'em out, back on the bike and over to radio shack. Pop 'em in the tube tester, buy the ones I needed, get the replacement caps, back home and voila, family TV repaired.
My slide into the horrors of hacker life had begun. Next I was rebuilding car engines, transmissions, building electronic circuits - and finally into programming. True hacking at its worst.
Hell, I still do my own auto work, thus depriving the dealer of excessive profits from $99 oil changes, $199 brake jobs... This hacker lifestyle has just ruined me.